Midwest Conference on Missionary Care
February 23 - 24, 2018

Friday, 6 - 9 pm
Saturday, 8 am - 4 pm

Please go to Past Events - MC² 2018 for updates that will eventually include audio / video of the sessions as well as handouts, Power Points, worksheets, etc. for most of the sessions.

Registration is now  closed.

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Saturday lunch is included with registration as is a light breakfast. Coffee and beverages will be available throughout each day. 

Click here for the 2018 conference schedule

MC² 2018:
The Promise and Peril of Team Life

2018 Location:
Berean Baptist Church
309 County Road 42 E
Burnsville, MN  55306

Missionaries work in teams.  In fact, missionaries usually participate in a number of teams, including:

  • the team of their sending church and supporters
  • the team of the mission/sending agency        
  • the mission team in their particular country of service        
  • the team in their ministry location, whether that team is comprised of team members from the same mission, expats from multiple agencies, or a mix of expat and national members
  • the team of the local church in their country of service        
  • and even missionary families themselves make up teams!

We also want to acknowledge the increasing reality that missionaries serve in cross-cultural teams.  And we want to address the reality that caregivers here at home belong to teams, as well.  Some teams function well – others, not so much.  As we think about caring for our beloved cross-cultural servants, it’s important for us to have a good understanding of their experiences in the various teams they are a part of and investigate how we can better serve them in those experiences.  

We are blessed to have Dr. Laura Mae Gardner of Wycliffe back with us this year and Dr. Anna and Neal Hampton of Barnabas International as featured speakers.  All three of our featured speakers have had extensive experience in serving on mission teams and also leading and ministering to mission teams.  They have much on their hearts to share with us about team life.  Between their plenary sessions and the breakout sessions led by church and mission leaders, we will ponder together:

  •    God’s missional purposes in using teams to spread the Good News about Himself
  •    The various benefits and challenges missionaries experience in serving on teams
  •    The sensitive theological, cultural and generational issues that affect mission teams
  •    What dysfunctional and healthy teams look like
  •    What we can do here at home to encourage our missionaries in their team experience
  •    How we can to work well together as teammates with other supporters here at home
  •    How we can prepare candidates before they go to the field for working well on teams

We hope you’ll join us as we learn together how to encourage our global servants toward effectively working in community with one another.

2018 Featured Speakers

                                           Dr. Anna & Neal Hampton                                              Barnabas international

                                        Dr. Anna & Neal Hampton
                                          Barnabas international

                        Dr. Laura Mae Gardner
                    Wycliffe Bible Translators

Click on session title to see more information about the session and the speaker(s).

Dr Anna & Neal Hampton, Barnabas International

Keynote: TEAM: God's Sanctified Toolbox
Breakout: Taking a Toxic Team to a Healthy Team

Dr Laura Mae Gardner, Wycliffe Bible Translators

Plenary I: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni, The Table Group (video)
Plenary II: Lencioni's Model of Dysfunction Applied to Missions
Intensive: Promoting Team Health or Sabotaging It - How Do We Do That?
Breakout: Understanding, Respecting and Incorporating Millennials

Jarrett Richardson, Mayo Clinic &
Paul McAlister, Pioneer Bible Translators

Intensive: How Could a "Resurrection Identity" Transform a Missions Community?

Joann Pittman, ChinaSource

Intensive: Caring for Teams in High Risk Situations
(panel hosted by Joann Pittman)
Summary of Panel

Additional Breakout Sessions:

Click on session title to see more information about the session and the speaker(s).

Collaborative Enculturation: The Role of Community in Becoming Intercultural
- Paul Hartford, Bethany Global University
Encouraging Those Who Are Discouraged With Their Team Experience
- Debbie Klaver, World Mission Prayer League/Minnesota Renewal Center

How to Help Ministry Teams Fight Fair
- Dave Wilson, Avant Ministries
Challenges Mission Teams Face and Tools to Address Those Challenges
- Lois McMartin, ReachGlobal/EFCA

Effectively Serving on a Multicultural Team
- Michael VanHuis, Missio Nexus
The Promise and Peril of Personality Types
-Susie Schultz, Excelsior Park Associates, LLC/Westwood Community Church
My GO Team!
-Mike & Gail Koski, World Mission Prayer League
Don't Drop the Rope!
Two Key Strategies for Churches to Keep Missionaries from Drifting Away

- Todd & Tamara Rasmuson, Bethlehem Baptist Church
The Essential Support Team: Caring for Your Missionaries Through Each Stage of Ministry
Heidi Tunberg, ReachGlobal/EFCA
Singles and Families and Kids...Oh My!
-Heidi Tunberg, ReachGlobal/EFCA
Mixing it Up! The Benefits, Challenges & Opportunities of Multi-generational Teams
-Terri Miller, ReachGlobal/EFCA
Macro Teams:Strategies, Roles, and Expectations of the Missionary, Agency, and Church
- G. Scott Countryman, Global Training Network
Sending Strategic Short Term Teams
- Todd & Tamara Rasmuson, Bethlehem Baptist Church

Cost for two day event: 


General Admission $75.00
Student and Missionary Discounted Price $60.00


February 23 - 24, 2018
Friday: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Housing information: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn which is less than half a mile from Berean Baptist Church. Please click here to get to the reservation link. The deadline to reserve rooms has been revised and is now February 16th even though the link says January 24th. Special room rate of $95 / night is for a 2 Queen Beds, Nonsmoking room.


2018 Location:
Berean Baptist Church

309 County Road 42 E
Burnsville, MN  55306

There will be signs directing you to the best parking areas for the conference.

Berean Baptist Church is just east of the junction of I35, I35W, and I35E. So driving directions from I35W, or I35E heading north or south, exit on to County Road 42 and head east for less than a mile. Berean Baptist will be on the right (south) side of the road.


Any questions can be directed to Karen Gladen the Office Manager at Minnesota Renewal Center: